The holidays are often a time when I feel the most stress. Between trying to balance the work-at-home life versus family life, plus trying to find time to get all the presents purchased and wrapped while also trying to fit in time for more travel to visit friends and family… It takes it’s toll on me!

My family starts celebrating Christmas the last weekend of November every year, and we don’t stop until the end of December. You may call has Christmas fanatics, but were far from it. Our parents are all separated, so in order to make it work and avoid holiday burnout we break up the holiday get together’s over the weeks leading up Christmas day. We don’t travel anywhere on Christmas Day though. That is our day to enjoy being at home with the kids.

What I most look forward to is the days after Christmas. You know the days when you still get to chill out at home, but the craziness is over. A time when the kids are so enthralled with their new toys that it buys you a few minutes to read some of your favourite new book while sipping a cup of coffee with Irish Cream. Yea – those are the moments I most look forward too. What could be better?!?

The Hottest Books to Gift this Holiday Season

If you are like me or know someone like me, who loves to enjoy a good book, then you will want to check out my list of the hottest books to gift this holiday season.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood is a book that I am currently in the midst of reading. It is written by Ruth Ware, and I am absolutely loving it. I have the book kept in my car to read while waiting to pick the kids up from school. In fact I may be known to leave earlier for school pick-up now to buy myself a little extra ‘me’ time while the littlest ones nap in the car.

When Leonora gets invited to a bachelorette party for her former best friend, she agrees to a weekend deep in the woods. But as the first night falls, a haunting realization creeps in—they are not alone. Two days later, Leonora wakes up in the hospital with limited memory of the past 48 hours. One thing is clear, though: someone has died, and Leonora might be responsible. In a Dark, Dark Wood has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon!

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Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy

Dork Diaries in a #1 New York Times Bestselling Series by Rachel Renee Russell. In the latest book in the series, Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are up for another adventure.

My 7 year old daughter quite enjoys reading Dork Diaries, as they are essentially a graphic novel. It is a great introduction to chapter books for her, plus she is kept interested by not only the storytelling, but also the graphics. The Lexile Measure for Dork Diaries is 890L.

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The Science of Why

The Science of Why is the latest from Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Canada’s favourite Science Guy. It combines wit and accessible science smarts to answer common queries about the science of everyday life. What is Deja vu? Does subliminal advertising work? Why were the Tyrannosaurus rex’s arms so short? Why do onions make me cry? Jay Ingram puts these and many other long-lived scientific uncertainties to rest in this whimsically illustrated guide. It addresses the supernatural, the human body, the animal kingdom, the natural world, and more, making it the perfect read for trivia enthusiasts of all ages. It includes science history lessons, fun facts, and myth busters, all with the end goal of delighting and surprising your inner science geek.

This book is one that is for the whole family. I have been reading this book with my 5 and 7 year old, and it really is a great conversation starter. Not only that it’s educational. Plus, it helps me put answers to some of those Why? questions that I couldn’t answer completely before.

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Canada Living: The Special Occasions Cookbook

This is a cookbook that all the foodies must-have. No seriously they must!

The Special Occasions Cookbook is the latest cookbook from Canadian Living. It’s a compilation of over 250 recipes that helps to create 35 different menus. It not only covers traditional holidays, but every possible gathering you could have in between: baby showers, backyard barbecues, etc. With step-by-step instructions and tips to help make your cooking experience easier (including ways to make your meals ahead of time!), The Special Occasions Cookbook is an essential guide for the busy family.

With recipes for things like Chicken with Morel Sauce, Butter Tart Ice Cream, Carrot Cake Trifle, Honey Roasted Pepper Nuts and so much more. You really can’t go wrong with this cookbook! It has something for everyone for every occasion.

Giveaway!

I’ve told you all about my choices for the hottest books this holiday season. Now here is your chance to win them! Enter to win a Simon & Schuster Books for the Family Prize Pack. This prize pack includes: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, Canadian Living; The Special Occasions Cookbook, The Science of Why by Jay Ingram, and Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Friendly Frenemy by Rachel Renee Russell.

* This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). This giveaway ends on January 8, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of all the mentioned literature for review purposes. All opinions are those of my own.

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66 Comments on A Little Something for Everyone: The Hottest Books to Gift this Holiday Season

  1. Ali P
    December 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm (10 months ago)

    I would love to read End of Watch by Stephen King

    Reply
  2. Florence Cochrane
    December 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm (10 months ago)

    I like to read All the Light We Cannot See.

    Reply
  3. joy
    December 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read The German Girl !

    Reply
  4. charityk
    December 7, 2016 at 7:03 am (10 months ago)

    brain on fire

    Reply
  5. Victoria Ess
    December 7, 2016 at 7:11 am (10 months ago)

    I’d love the Special Occassions cookbook!

    Reply
  6. Wayne Lecoy
    December 7, 2016 at 7:17 am (10 months ago)

    It would be terrific to win
    a Simon & Schuster Books for the Family Prize Pack.
    In response to your requirement to
    visit Simon & Schuster and tell you what book
    i would love to read most.
    I would like to read Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

    Reply
  7. Suzanne G
    December 7, 2016 at 8:53 am (10 months ago)

    I would like to read Trust No One by Paul Cleave. I love psychological thrillers.

    Reply
  8. kathy downey
    December 7, 2016 at 9:39 am (10 months ago)

    I would like to read Trust No One
    By Paul Cleave

    Reply
  9. Lynda Cook
    December 7, 2016 at 10:54 am (10 months ago)

    I would like to have It, it’s been awhile since I have read that one

    Reply
  10. 409cope
    December 7, 2016 at 11:29 am (10 months ago)

    I would like to read Promise of the Wolves.

    Reply
  11. Jonnie
    December 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm (10 months ago)

    I want to read THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO

    Reply
  12. Ira
    December 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm (10 months ago)

    I find Maybe a Fox interesting to read with my kids.

    Reply
  13. Francine
    December 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read (and use) Dessert University

    Reply
  14. Jennifer P.
    December 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm (10 months ago)

    Another book I would love to read is Game of Crowns.

    Reply
  15. jan
    December 7, 2016 at 7:27 pm (10 months ago)

    RED NOTICE by Bill Browder is on my list of must reads

    Reply
  16. christine w
    December 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm (10 months ago)

    Adventure time: Official Cookbook – it looks fun!

    Reply
  17. Jenny Major
    December 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d love the Special Occasions cookbook

    Reply
  18. Jeannie Lam
    December 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm (10 months ago)

    I would be interested in reading The Soul of an Octopus
    By Sy Montgomery

    Reply
  19. Tanis
    December 8, 2016 at 1:36 am (10 months ago)

    I would love to read Stephen King’s It. I have never read it!

    Reply
  20. missbobloblaw
    December 8, 2016 at 2:47 am (10 months ago)

    I would love to read The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
    By Ken Liu

    Reply
  21. Sandi Tymchuk
    December 8, 2016 at 9:39 am (10 months ago)

    The Ultimate Survival Manual (Extreme Edition, Canadian) looks intriguing!

    Reply
  22. Edith Rennes
    December 8, 2016 at 11:23 am (10 months ago)

    I’d like to read Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

    Reply
  23. Anne Derkat
    December 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d like to read The German Girl

    Reply
  24. Melinda
    December 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read The Soul of an Octopus.

    Reply
  25. DebP
    December 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm (10 months ago)

    The Ultimate Survival Manual looks really interesting

    Reply
  26. Denae Boucher
    December 9, 2016 at 12:21 am (10 months ago)

    I’d like to read I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Ian Reid!

    Reply
  27. Erin W
    December 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm (10 months ago)

    I really want to read Soul of the Octopus

    Reply
  28. Julie
    December 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm (10 months ago)

    Nothing is better than a good book, a warm blanket and a big snow storm (I’m from Canada!). It’s winter time, baby it,s cold outside!

    Reply
  29. maria
    December 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm (10 months ago)

    I want to read IT by Stephen King

    Reply
  30. LILLIAN BROWN
    December 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm (10 months ago)

    I love cookbooks and would like to the Special Occassions cookbook

    Reply
  31. Angela Mitchell
    December 11, 2016 at 12:47 am (10 months ago)

    The first books I saw when I clicked on the link are on my tbr list. Both The Deep by Nick Cutter and The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper.

    Reply
  32. Tanis
    December 11, 2016 at 1:33 am (10 months ago)

    For me – I’d love to re-read It!

    Reply
  33. Maritess
    December 11, 2016 at 6:09 am (10 months ago)

    I would read In a Dark, Dark Wood. I have read good reviews about it and I like thrillers.

    Reply
  34. Marlene V
    December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm (10 months ago)

    I would really like to read the THE SCIENCE OF WHY
    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US

    By Jay Ingram

    Reply
  35. Amy C
    December 11, 2016 at 9:43 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read The Children’s Home.

    Reply
  36. Julie Kiwi
    December 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm (10 months ago)

    I will use the special occasion cook book and I will cook with my daughters, I’m sure we will have a good time.

    Reply
  37. Silvia D
    December 16, 2016 at 4:20 am (10 months ago)

    one I would loveto read is…Promise of the Wolves

    Reply
  38. Wanda Bergman
    December 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm (10 months ago)

    I’m most interested in reading The Children’s Home By Charles Lambert.

    Reply
  39. HEIDI C.
    December 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm (10 months ago)

    The Children’s Home would be my choice.

    Reply
  40. angela m
    December 21, 2016 at 8:28 am (10 months ago)

    I would love to read The Deep

    Reply
  41. Sunshine G
    December 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm (10 months ago)

    I’ve been wanting to read the Science of Why.

    Reply
  42. leana
    December 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm (10 months ago)

    I would love to read “Trust no one”.

    Reply
  43. Jennifer I
    December 23, 2016 at 4:26 am (10 months ago)

    I want to read The Paper Menagerie

    Reply
  44. Jennifer L.
    December 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d like to read The Deep.

    Reply
  45. karine
    December 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d like to read the demonologist!

    Reply
  46. Tina L.
    December 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read 100 Weekend Projects Anyone Can Do

    Reply
  47. Katrina
    December 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d like to read The German Girl

    Reply
  48. Nicole Jubleew
    December 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d love to read The Soul of an Octopus.

    Reply
  49. Dianne G.
    December 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.

    Reply
  50. M
    December 29, 2016 at 12:00 am (10 months ago)

    I’d love to read The Children’s Home By Charles Lambert

    Reply
  51. OpheliaC
    December 29, 2016 at 1:52 am (10 months ago)

    All the Light We Cannot See

    Reply
  52. Annmarie W.
    December 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d love to read Soulmof an Octopus

    Reply
  53. Stephanie
    December 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm (10 months ago)

    I would love to read Trust No One

    Reply
  54. yvonne
    December 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm (10 months ago)

    “The One We Fell in Love With” by Paige Toon looks great!

    Reply
  55. Athena
    January 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm (10 months ago)

    The Deep

    Reply
  56. Kirsten N
    January 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm (10 months ago)

    I would like to read Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, love retellings!

    Reply
  57. Aarone Mawdsley
    January 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm (10 months ago)

    dark dark wood

    Reply
  58. Caryn Coates
    January 3, 2017 at 10:07 pm (10 months ago)

    I would love to read The Demonologist

    Reply
  59. SweetPanda
    January 4, 2017 at 11:35 am (10 months ago)

    I would love to read ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

    Reply
  60. Robyn Bellefleur
    January 4, 2017 at 11:40 pm (9 months ago)

    I’m interested in reading The Soul of an Octopus,Sy Montgomery.

    Reply
  61. Aimee
    January 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm (9 months ago)

    “The One We Fell in Love With” by Paige Toon. Great winter read.

    Reply
  62. Doris Humber
    January 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm (9 months ago)

    I’d love to read The Children’s Home.

    Reply
  63. Andrea
    January 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm (9 months ago)

    I would love to read All the Light We Cannot See.

    Reply
  64. Wanda Tracey
    January 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm (9 months ago)

    I would love to read Trust No One by Paul Cleave.I am also really
    interested in the book in a dark,dark wood by Ruth Ware.It sounds
    so intriguing too! :

    Reply
  65. Kelley Moore
    January 8, 2017 at 8:26 pm (9 months ago)

    I would love to read The Demonologist
    By Andrew Pyper

    Reply

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